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Preschool!

Who is starting this year? I remember last year or so discussing this and some LOs were starting this year. Anyone waiting till November or starting in September?

For everyone else, are you LOs staying in the same school...or staying home?

If Z stays at his current school AND if he gets under control (LOL) this actually could be his LAST year of preschool and we may be starting Kindergarten next year. GASP. I am not sure about that!!!

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Sophia will be in Pre-K this year. She starts 8/27 and she will be wearing uniforms, so I'm actually kind of looking forward to how easy that will be with picking out clothes every morning!

We are thinking about moving her (probably both girls) to a different school next year because of something I found out about Kindergarten at her school. So I'll be visiting another private school that I've heard great things about in the next couple of months. They actually go through 1st grade so I could delay public school a little longer, too, if I could get DH to agree to spend the money for one more year of private school.

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Kindergarten next year seems crazy!!!!

Miles is staying home this year.

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Josh has been technically going to preschool since age 2, but starting in September I think he will really start to learn a lot that will benefit him when he does start school. He won't start Kindegarden until September 2014.

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The cut off date for Kindergarden here is October 1. So Ava will start Kindergarden as a 6 yr old. We could do 2 years of pre-school but I don't think she needs it. She is extremely bright so I don't feel there is anything she will miss out on that I cannot teach here here. She also gets instruction from other people in her gymnastics and ballet classes, and gets play time with other kids while at the gym daycare. So we'll wait until next year for pre-school.

I was thinking 6 seemed so old for starting school, but now I think it will be an advantage to be one of the older kids in class. I think concepts will come easier to her with that extra year to mature.

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Both my boys will be in preschool this year, though it doesn't start until mid-September for us. I can't even believe that next year is a possibility for kindergarten...that's crazy! I'm not sure whether we'll put Jude in kindergarten next year or not, I think we'll see how this year is going before making a decision. Intellectually, he's probably ready for 1st or 2nd grade. I don't want him to be bored at preschool, but the fact that he's so small for his age make me concerned about jumping him ahead. I don't know...so many decisions!

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Josh will be going back to preschool again this year. He will be in the 4's class, even though he won't quite be 4 yet when school starts. Then next year he will be in pre-k. This year will be great because he can go all day on Wednesdays and Friday's and that will really help when the babies come home.

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"serwachic" wrote:

Both my boys will be in preschool this year, though it doesn't start until mid-September for us. I can't even believe that next year is a possibility for kindergarten...that's crazy! I'm not sure whether we'll put Jude in kindergarten next year or not, I think we'll see how this year is going before making a decision. Intellectually, he's probably ready for 1st or 2nd grade. I don't want him to be bored at preschool, but the fact that he's so small for his age make me concerned about jumping him ahead. I don't know...so many decisions!

Jen, could he start Kindergarten next year? Doesn't he have to be 5 by Sept 1st? I thought that was Texas state guideline. Maybe it's just Houston.... I just know that Sophia and Deacon will be a year apart because Sophia makes the cut by birthday and Deacon doesn't.

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Alyssa starts preschool at our church in a couple weeks. She is so ready for school. She will do 2 years of preschool and start kindergarten sept 2014 just before she turns 6. This year preschool is just 2 days/week- mon and wed from 9-11:30. And next year is 3 days/ week in the afternoon.

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Jack is starting preschool September 12th, it's Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-11:30. I'm not sure about next year yet, but it'll be three days a week if he goes. He'll be one of the older kids in Kindergarden when he goes because cut off here is 5 before September 1st.

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Jackson will be starting his second year of preschool and will have one more year after this year. I'm not sure if we'll keep him in the same preschool next year (because I'm not too fond of the preK teacher), but this year he has the same teacher as last and I love her. He stayed going to preschool 3 mornings/week this summer and we liked keeping him in, although he did miss some because of vacations.

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"butterflykisses32880" wrote:

Josh will be going back to preschool again this year. He will be in the 4's class, even though he won't quite be 4 yet when school starts. Then next year he will be in pre-k.

Same with Aasha. The CA cutoff is Sept 1, so she can't go to KG until 2014. She's in the fulltime preschool+extended care classes, since I work. Today is her last day in the 3s class (rainbow room) and starts the 4s class next Thursday (sunshine room). I'm pretty excited for her, we met with one of her teachers earlier this week and I think she'll learn a lot this year. But, she's sad about moving and keeps getting upset ... "I don't want to go to sunshine room". When I told her that all her friends will be in sunshine with her, she said she wanted to stay in rainbow and would play alone :(. She hates change.

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Shelly -Do they have a transition period, or does Aasha just switch over?

Lyla is still waiting for the call to say she got in preschool. School started yesterday, and they give it a couple of days to see who doesn't show up. I'm glad we are first on the list, but I hate the waiting game. I can't believe there wasn't a single opening in her class. We decided not to enroll her in her old preschool, they wanted a deposit plus a month paid in advance (and she would probably only go a couple of days before getting a call for the other school). I'm guessing she will start school on Monday. I am really nervous to put her on a school bus and send her off.

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Shelly, poor Aasha...is today the first day? How did she do?

Tisha -- hope you get that call soon! Is there a chance they will have no openings or is it pretty much assured there will be one or more?

We decided in the last few days to let Zayden ride the school bus (actually a van) for school. It costs a pretty penny BUT we did the math and realized it will actually SAVE us money. His school is 15 miles round trip further than my office, and since DH is now working at home, its a 50 mile round trip for him to go get Z at the end of the day. By taking the bus, Z can avoid early morning daycare, instead of leaving the house at 6:45, we can leave at 7:20, meet the van at the pick up at 7:40, I can still get to work on time and Z will get to school right on time.

We have to buy a third car seat though to stay in the school van and I am a little worried about the ride, his school is pk to 8th grade and I know there are at least a few preschoolers on the bus, not sure how many. Course the bus only carries maybe 8-10 kids so I am sure it will be fine.

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"SID081108" wrote:

Jen, could he start Kindergarten next year? Doesn't he have to be 5 by Sept 1st? I thought that was Texas state guideline. Maybe it's just Houston.... I just know that Sophia and Deacon will be a year apart because Sophia makes the cut by birthday and Deacon doesn't.

In the research I did, I found that you can start your child early if they meet the requirements - which I'm guessing includes some kind of testing. I haven't called our specific elementary school or anything like that, so it's possible that's not accurate. I figure we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Smile Is the cut-off date September 1st in Texas? I've been wondering, that'll make a difference about whether the boys are one grade apart or two.

Tisha - have you heard anything yet?

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Here is what it says on our school district's website:

For the 2012-2013 school year, children entering kindergarten for the first time must be five years old on or before September 1, 2012. Due to Texas state law on age requirements, no exceptions will be made.

I think only private schools let you test in early.

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Tisha, Amy: The school had 3 days off between the switch over. She was mostly fine with it by the time she started (yes, it was last Thursday). We talked about it every day leading up to it, and each day she got more comfy with the idea. We also said stuff about how big she's growing and how the sunshine room is for big kids now, etc. The night before, DH and I had a pretend conversation in front of her, about us wondering if she was big enough for sunshine room, or if maybe she was still too little and needed to stay in rainbow room. She piped up pretty loudly - I'm sunshine room big! Anyway, she likes it there just fine now. She's next door to her old room and still sees her former teachers outside in the playground, several times a day.

Dealing with Aasha is a lot of managing change for her. We always talk ahead of time about things and keep reinforcing the idea that whatever change is going to occur, it will be ok. She does TERRIBLY if even the slightest change in things/plans are suddenly thrust on her. I hate that she is so rigid, I hope she develops more flexibility as she matures.

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"shellyca" wrote:

Tisha, Amy: The school had 3 days off between the switch over. She was mostly fine with it by the time she started (yes, it was last Thursday). We talked about it every day leading up to it, and each day she got more comfy with the idea. We also said stuff about how big she's growing and how the sunshine room is for big kids now, etc. The night before, DH and I had a pretend conversation in front of her, about us wondering if she was big enough for sunshine room, or if maybe she was still too little and needed to stay in rainbow room. She piped up pretty loudly - I'm sunshine room big! Anyway, she likes it there just fine now. She's next door to her old room and still sees her former teachers outside in the playground, several times a day.

What a smart idea, mom and dad!!

I used to hate hate hate change as a kid, and now I LOVE it. I have no idea what "changed" in me, but I actually get really excited by change and I get bored with the same old thing. Maybe Aasha will grow in the same direction over time. It sounds like you guys are doing a fantastic job handling her aversion to unexpected change. If only every parent understood and dealt with their kids personalities so well, the world would probably be a much nicer place to live!

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Shelly, DSD Ash was a lot like that, she HATED change, like really really hated, as a teenager. Moving was the end of the world for her (and we did twice), she hated to travel, she hated new foods, she hated anything different. It was a real struggle and caused lots of fights

Now I laugh cause I haven't thought about that for a long time, now, of my adult kids, she is actually the most easy going and most flexible.

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OMgosh, Carrie, that was the sweetest thing you could have said - thank you! I always question if we're doing the right thing, esp when dealing with my high-intensity child that is Aasha. It's hard to tell, sometimes.

Amy - glad to know that Ash is easygoing now. Maybe there's hope for Aasha Smile

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Tisha, bummer that it looks like the school doesn't have a spot for Lyla. That stinks. Do you have other places in mind?

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Shelly, glad to hear Aasha's doing just fine in her new room! Love the idea to have a fake conversation!!

Tisha, that is a huge bummer about the school. Sad I hope you are able to find something else that you all love.

I'm excited to hear how everybody is loving preschool! Once it starts for all. Blum 3

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Glad Aasha is doing well and ITA smart idea mom and dad for the fake conversation!

Zayden starts next Tuesday after labor day. He is enjoying his last week off of school and NO camp. Sissy Adrienne took him yesterday to the legoland aquarium and the beach and today Sissy Ash is taking him to the zoo. We are trying to get him back into the routine of bed time and nap time but it is a struggle. Got our new car seat in last night for the van. Tomorrow is open house to meet the teachers etc. I hope he gets a good teacher as that will make all the difference for him.

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Met Zayden's new teacher today at open house. She seems really nice and I am hopeful that things will work out. I told her that we wanted her to take a firm hand with him from day one, he was not a bad kid but a tester. The school last year wanted to pull him out for early nap, told them I did not feel that was needed BUT I was concerned that they were only doing a 30 minute nap and that probably wouldn't work for him. We will continue to monitor things closely. It was so cool to see, though, he went to go play with certain toys and she was talking to him, in French, and he followed directions and responded, although in English. I was shocked he remembered French since he has not heard any this summer.

She did say they were not supposed to talk to them at all in English but asked if it was okay if she did talk with him in English when they were having a problem. I told her I would prefer that to make sure there was no miscommunication.

Lets keep our fingers crossed.

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last week we called the school we were hoping to get into (a week after it started). They said it looks like every spot will be filled, and we should look for another school. When we enrolled back in April, they kept telling us we really shouldn't worry about getting in, since we were the first to enroll.

Lyla started preschool today, at the same school she went to last year. Cora walked right in the classroom and refused to leave. Lyla didn't want to go in, or stay. All of Lyla's friends from last year are in the other 3-4 yr old class. I knew the other teacher was great, but her class was full (17 kids in the class). The teacher Lyla has is pretty quiet, and didn't really say anything to us or Lyla. I really hope this year goes better than last. Lyla warmed up pretty quick with the kids today. She thinks all of the kids are new, since she didn't see them last year. She doesn't realize that they started school 2 weeks ago, and she is the new kid.

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Tisha that really sucks Sad Hope Lyla does have a better year and is happy were she is.

Zayden started today, they seperated all the boys from last year so he isn't with any of his friends. That is probably good as he was sorta the trouble starter. It was nice though that some of the moms were happy Z was in their class. More girls than boys in that class though.

School still wants to make accommodations for Zayden to account for his "natural rhythm" I told them I wasn't opposed to that but really didn't know it was necessary. In the end, I had them talk with the psych Z has been seeing and said I deferred to them. Can't wait to hear how his first day went.

Starting tomorrow, he will actually take the bus most days. It will work out much better for us and let him sleep in a bit longer.

Interesting part of the day is if you remember from last year Zayden's "arch enemy" Jackson, the kid that everyone felt had issues but he and Z really fed off each other negatively? He was back this year (I didn't think he would be invited back) but he showed up with a shadow for his first day. I guess his parents did finally agree to also have someone work with him. At least Z isn't the only one. Everyone agrees Z isn't a bad kid or has issues, he is just really "high maintenance" since he is so head strong.

When we dropped him off he was fine but I went back for one more hug (bad mommy) and he freaked out a bit and didn't want me to leave. So I wound up having to walk out while he went to the corner and curled up in a ball. Teacher went right to him and was rubbing his back and looked at me, smiled, said he was fine and waved goodbye. Hopefully he came around in a minute or two.

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"SID081108" wrote:

Here is what it says on our school district's website:

For the 2012-2013 school year, children entering kindergarten for the first time must be five years old on or before September 1, 2012. Due to Texas state law on age requirements, no exceptions will be made.

I think only private schools let you test in early.

Sorry it took so long for me to respond, life has been crazy! I had to go through my history to see where I'd found that students could start early. Here's the link: http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=682

And here's where I was given the idea that early entrance is allowed:

Does State Policy Permit Early Entrance to Kindergarten? State policy specifically permits

I'm glad you mentioned your school's website though, I hadn't thought about digging into the district's website. According to their handbook they have a gifted program for k-12! As long as there would be something like that where Jude would be challenged and less likely to be bored, I'm all about waiting until he's 5 to start!

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